Health worker ad­mits role in iden­tity fraud

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AHEALTH care worker who helped an il­le­gal im­mi­grant get a job look­ing af­ter ‘vul­ner­a­ble’ pa­tients at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal has ad­mit­ted his role in the fraud.

Jonathan Suther­land, 40, al­lowed Nige­rian na­tional Joshua Ola­jide Jide­o­lal­eye to use his iden­tity to work 36 shifts at the hos­pi­tal in Vic­to­ria Road.

Jide­o­lal­eye, 40, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to fraud and was jailed for 16 months at War­ring­ton Crown Court on July 10.

He later had his sen­tence slashed on ap­peal to eight months by judges at Lon­don’s Ap­peal Court.

Jide­o­lal­eye earned £3,500 be­tween April and June this year, which was paid into Suther­land’s ac­count and then passed onto him.

Suther­land, of Fenchurch Av­enue, Manch­ester, ad­mit­ted fraud at Ch­ester Crown Court on Fri­day. He will be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 16.

Jide­o­lal­eye ar­rived in the UK in 2005 us­ing fake doc­u­ments. He claimed he was be­ing threat­ened by the Nige­rian mafia and sought asy­lum.

Jide­o­lal­eye qual­i­fied as a care as­sis­tant and worked in Manch­ester un­til his asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tion was re­fused in 2011.

Des­per­ate to sup­port him­self Jide­o­lal­eye be­gan us­ing the name of an­other man, a hear­ing into his crime heard ear­lier this year.

The fraud was dis­cov­ered by two em­ploy­ment agen­cies and Jide­o­lal­eye was ar­rested at the hos­pi­tal on June 3.

It later emerged Jide­o­lal­eye had not been checked with the Crim­i­nal Records Bureau (CRB).

The judge at War­ring­ton Crown Court who jailed him had de­scribed it as a so­phis­ti­cated fraud with a de­gree of plan­ning.

But at his ap­peal Mrs Jus­tice Pat­ter­son said: “Jide­o­lal­eye, when he at­tended at the hos­pi­tal, sim­ply re­ported to them un­der the false name and sup­plied no other par­tic­u­lars.

“In the cir­cum­stances, we there­fore ac­cept his sub­mis­sion that this was an of­fence which was not one of the most so­phis­ti­cated.”

She agreed that it was a ‘se­ri­ous of­fence in that it ex­posed the NHS and vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients to a de­gree of risk’.

But Jide­o­lal­eye was gen­uinely re­morse­ful and had co-op­er­ated fully with the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, she said.

The judge, who was sit­ting with Lady Jus­tice Raf­ferty and Mrs Jus­tice Lang, al­lowed the ap­peal and halved Jide­o­lal­eye’s jail term from 16 months to eight months.

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